Say Stoooolmen

Say Stoooolmen

Why have I been absent on the blog for more than then norm (though to be fair, I am ridiculously precious about posting everyday… whatever 'normal' levels of blogging behaviour that exist are sort of dismissed…)?  I've been getting chummy with some long white poles and two men.  That sounds more wrong that it actually is of course.  


What/who I've actually been getting familiar with are the poles from Ikea's Stolmen wardrobe system and two men from Express Wardrobe, a company that does your flat pack assembly for you.  One might call me copping out of the whole DIY spirit but if you've seen me handle an allen key or worse a power tool that might send spinning screws flying into people's eyes and that Steve is only mildly better (well, he's never poked an eye out…) then you'll get why I had to call these dudes.  I'd long decided on Stolmen to replace what can only be described as a makeshift clothes sausage stuffer (shelves with clothes hanging onto it for dear life…) and for once, I actually acted out on a plan – ta da – way-hey – I'm not just a hair-brained dreamer with too many thoughts and not enough action.  I spent a few hours drawing up a Stolmen plan that made me feel like I was at in the D.T. hut again and felt very accomplished ordering the exact requisite amount of shelves, poles, suspension thingies and drawers… frick, what are those suspension things called…


Friday was dubbed 'Stolmen' day and I spent the day peering into my bedroom making sure the Express Wardrobe guys didn't need an endless stream of tea to keep them going (it turns out they don't need such a trifling beverage…) and basically saying "Wow you guys WORK fast!" and them laughing uncomfortably because I was in awe of an efficient power tool.  Turns out they knew the Stolmen system WELL and took my ickle plan and basically tore it apart as I had omitted details like err…skirting boards, pipes, bracket sizing and well, general Stolmen common sense.  Which is why they were able to put this together…


…and I'm better off left to my DIY bimbotic ways of going "Ohhh, I can't wait to fill that up!".  Pftttt…

Morplan gave me plenty of hanger options for me to do some filling and actually I might need to explore their hangers more regularly seeing as the metal sliding peg hangers, when hung on the rail make me feel like I'm going through a shop rail… which in turns gives me the feeling of shopping for something new… which also supports my whole airhead 'credit card ditz' thing that I've got going with regards to my new wardrobe system experience… 


Behold… all hangers up, rails are heaving (as if they were ever going to be sparse) and there's still space left (the top shelves are meant for the boring things that need to be hidden though)!  This isn't alas an excuse to just fill it up with new additions but hopefully the start of a culling system whereby I can spot things and go "Alright…offski you go…"


Colour co-ordination with printed pieces just isn't as effective as a solid colour rainbow goddamnit…


Rifling through skirts on peg hangers… more fun than rifling through err…wooden ones…


Who knows when there will need to be additional shelves for these but the beauty of the Stolmen is the addition of components… that was a spokesperson quote right there… I welcome free suspension thingies if anyone in Wembley Ikea's warehouse is listening…


There'll be over spillage and in all honesty, I do probably need a second bedroom but I'm staying put for a while (for many reasons…) and Stolmen is sorting it out for the moment… a cheer for a ton of fibre board masquerading as a wardrobe! 


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  1. Frances

    2010-08-21 at 11:09 PM

    wow that looks amazing!!!! Would love to have a wardrobe that big and organised!!! xxx

    • Susie

      2015-07-13 at 12:20 PM

      I am looking for x 3 Stolmen shelves 110cm x 38cm – you don’t have any spares that you would be happy to sell do you? Ikea have discontinued this line.
      Many thanks

    • susie

      2015-07-13 at 1:11 PM

      I think I have some of the wider ones but not the 38cm ones unfortunately! My dad did help me make a few replacements ones so maybe you could investigate a DIY option!

  2. the style crusader

    2010-08-21 at 11:10 PM

    looks incredible! well done! that must have been a lot of work to sort out everything. good timing on the wardrobe revamp… must have coincided well with sorting out stuff for the yard sale. good luck with it tomorrow! bummed i can’t make it. but i hope it goes down well! xx

  3. Aromy

    2010-08-21 at 11:10 PM

    WOW! This makes me excited to peruse all the things you’re going to get rid of at tomorrow’s yard sale.

  4. Sarah

    2010-08-21 at 11:15 PM

    It looks like a wardrobe feature you would see in Elle or something, gorgeous! What a way to display all your beautiful clothes and shoes ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Rachel

    2010-08-21 at 11:16 PM

    Oh, Susie: major Stolmen lust! I’ve been wanting this forever, but my mortal fear of moth eaten threads has prevented me so far!
    You may have changed my mind as this looks fabulous.

  6. Kit

    2010-08-21 at 11:17 PM

    AMAZING!!! It’s like a walk in bedroom shop. Well done to the Stolmen guys. The Morpan hangers pretty good huh…..good prices.

  7. Ingunn

    2010-08-21 at 11:21 PM

    how can you afford all this?!

  8. susie_bubble

    2010-08-21 at 11:25 PM

    Ingunn: I’ve answered this before and I won’t repeat myself other than to say “I’ve been working for six years solidly and hard at that…” End of.

  9. ASHLEY K.

    2010-08-21 at 11:29 PM

    wowww looks amazing!
    im so jealous of your weardrobe susie!

  10. Kb

    2010-08-21 at 11:40 PM

    This is my official new dream wardrobe…I thought my new place had enough space but I could see myself filling this up.

  11. Cara

    2010-08-21 at 11:43 PM

    I’m so jealous! I remember looking at you ‘before’ pictures of your wardrobe. Thats what mine looking like now! I have my favourite clothes hanging on my curtain rail so they don’t get ruined in my wardrobe haha
    x x x

  12. Erika

    2010-08-21 at 11:47 PM

    I’m very envious!

  13. renee nabam

    2010-08-21 at 11:59 PM

    i’m having a spillage of my eardrobe..too..but don’t know a way to organize them into neat piles..or whatever..the rules are… u’ve given me the inspiration….
    “hire professionals”…teehee….p.s-great wardrobe…my eyes hurt by the wonderful colours…in your it!!

  14. Isabelle

    2010-08-22 at 12:31 AM

    Wow , I’m in awe. Gotta love the peg hangers, I found a bag of them outside a shop so good.

  15. Yoshi

    2010-08-22 at 12:39 AM

    It looks great! (I remember your previous set up, heh heh)
    You are an inpsiration to us all…but… how do you reach the shelves up the top? Would you have to use a ladder, like the workmen? … or do you just put on a pair of high shoes..?

  16. fca.

    2010-08-22 at 1:01 AM

    it is very like close/monster eat outfits….

  17. Angie

    2010-08-22 at 1:33 AM

    It’s eery how much your closet looks like mine now…except I have turquoise walls and I’m CRAZY jealous of your white poles…must be a UK thing, our only option here is silver…
    Ingunn: the Stolmen system is actually QUITE affordable when you compare it to armoires or other large clothing storage systems, especially on this type of of storage needs scale…plus you can easily take it with you and re-configure it if you move…oh god now I sound like the spokesperson for this thing…

  18. dreamy

    2010-08-22 at 2:17 AM

    i am disproportionally excited by this post! i’m also re-doing my wardrobe but I, alas, am not aloud to do install permanent wardrobe type things into my rented flat [i assume stollman requires fixing to the walls?]. however I can appreciate your rainbow colour organisation – which makes dressing so much easier, and the matching hangers which make me feel like i’m rifling through a boutique too!

  19. Leah

    2010-08-22 at 2:29 AM

    Your STOLMEN puts my piddly 4-doored PAX to shame.

  20. tanya

    2010-08-22 at 3:34 AM

    haha where does steve put all his clothes? in the bathroom? ๐Ÿ˜›

  21. Mari

    2010-08-22 at 3:38 AM

    OMGEEEZZZEZ! This is so cool. This kind of order is what I need. Thanks for posting. I’m inspired.
    Also, for those living in the USA the GIVEAWAY closes super soon! The gorgeous vintage inspired cocktail ring might just look amazing on your pretty hands ^_^
    …for free!
    -The Girl at the Atelier’s Closet

  22. Taylor

    2010-08-22 at 3:49 AM

    Ahh your shoes are to die for! I love getting a look inside people’s closets! I would love for you to check out my blog, The In’s & Out’s of Sometimes Having It All, I am new and love any feedback or new followers! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  23. Mani

    2010-08-22 at 5:09 AM

    Wowww, your closet’s to die for! :0 If only I had enough clothes to fill something like that, haha

  24. Little Monarch

    2010-08-22 at 5:31 AM

    oh me oh my this looks like there was a lot of planning involved to get the right amount of poles and shelves etc. but it looks great! im envious. really envious

  25. Fourth Daughter

    2010-08-22 at 5:58 AM

    I think that is the storage system of my dreams… those big drawers might JUST fit my accessories collection (as long as I don’t buy these earrings… )! Just wondering where on EARTH you fitted all that before?

  26. Dana

    2010-08-22 at 6:01 AM

    Your post inspired me to take action and do a closet makeover. It’s been on my list of things to accomplish, and Monday morning I will be calling around to get pricing.Your closet is well organized and clutter free, and I hope I can achieve that as well. Thank you for sharing and the job looks well done.

  27. abigail

    2010-08-22 at 6:11 AM

    OMG! look like fashion magazines’ wardrobe. Unfortunately,I’m not in UK. By the way, GOOD LUCK susie!

  28. v

    2010-08-22 at 6:50 AM

    OMG, I wanna live inside or your wardrobe, maybe in the shoe area!!!

  29. ML

    2010-08-22 at 7:39 AM

    I’ve got some major closet envy right now!
    Wow… congratulations!

  30. ML

    2010-08-22 at 7:49 AM

    p.s. I meant closet envy as in both for the closet and its contents – its incredible!

  31. min

    2010-08-22 at 8:18 AM

    I want the same!!

  32. Anonymousse

    2010-08-22 at 8:44 AM

    I’m appropriating your Stolmen plan as some form of skewed tribute to its awesomeness. Yes, that’s right. Nevermind the technical deets.

  33. Ishka

    2010-08-22 at 8:44 AM

    Damn I’d want to get lost in there. Then maybe sneak myself out some… If I find my way out.

  34. Daisy Hart

    2010-08-22 at 9:29 AM

    Hey omg your blog is AMAZING, check out mine leave a comment, follow me and add me to your bloglovin list please xoxo Daisy

  35. Inngunn

    2010-08-22 at 9:45 AM


  36. rollergirl

    2010-08-22 at 10:06 AM

    Coooolll! I think the Morplan catalogue is my favourite book ever. Don’t you adore wooden hangers? Oh yeah, the Stolemen is nice too …

  37. Nolita

    2010-08-22 at 10:31 AM

    I’m totally loving the shoes!
    -Nolita Vintage

  38. Oh!

    2010-08-22 at 10:43 AM

    That shelf system is astonishing. It gives that minimal industrial look and then it seems so comfortable and easy to use. Perfect wardrobe.

  39. sarah

    2010-08-22 at 11:10 AM

    oh my god i am unbelievably jealous of this kind of organisational system! wow.

  40. Brisbane Dentist

    2010-08-22 at 1:04 PM

    wow amazing shelf i wanna this ..really efftive

  41. Gold Coast Lawyers

    2010-08-22 at 1:05 PM

    Love your heels really really pretty

  42. MarziaPonzi

    2010-08-22 at 1:24 PM

    I’m a FASHION MUM and my wardrobe is a real mess!! I want a organised one, like your! Perfect!

  43. Mie

    2010-08-22 at 1:40 PM

    I love this, this is the ultimate wardrobe! So well organised,and your clothes collection is truly amazing!!!

  44. Photoshop Path

    2010-08-22 at 1:56 PM

    Some gorgeous imaginations at work!

  45. nathalie

    2010-08-22 at 2:13 PM
  46. Leonidas

    2010-08-22 at 2:22 PM

    ok wow. I’m really impressed.

  47. FashionLifeCoach

    2010-08-22 at 4:13 PM

    Great before and after process.Liked.

  48. emese

    2010-08-22 at 4:23 PM

    these wardrobes looks so cool, there is only one problem : dust.
    I love this, but i keep my clothes protected ๐Ÿ™‚

  49. Libertylondongirl

    2010-08-22 at 6:57 PM

    God I cannot WAIT to have my own home again! Since my apartment burnt down in April I dream of closet shelves, rather than the reality of a suitcase.

  50. styleeast

    2010-08-22 at 7:05 PM

    I have major wardrobe envy over this, it’s like a wardrobe of dreams. And the fun you can have reorganising!! Good to meet you briefly today, sorry if I didn’t properly introduce myself!
    jennifer (styleeast)

  51. Desrean

    2010-08-22 at 7:32 PM

    That is a very chic and organized clost they have!

  52. Kimberly

    2010-08-22 at 8:16 PM

    mmm shoessss
    unrelated to this post, but totally relevant and ironic is that as i have your webpage open, i open the h&m magazine i got yesterday and see your face + a quote…
    “I’d love it if girls were very unprecious about precious things…”
    right on.

  53. Sophie Ryan is not a Whore

    2010-08-22 at 8:29 PM

    Love love love! very much a wardrobe of dreams!
    Also loved meeting you today! (I’m the one who bought the black heels for ยฌยฃ1! thanks so much for that!!)

  54. jennifer Yu

    2010-08-22 at 9:35 PM

    Nice! Now you have to keep it like this ๐Ÿ˜›

  55. Rosemary

    2010-08-22 at 10:16 PM

    Wow what a dream come true! Looks beautiful!
    Skin & Wood Vintage,

  56. amy

    2010-08-23 at 1:15 AM

    wowsers. ok, now i just need to find an apt. that would allow for this sort of wardrobe… then i would be in heaven. this is amazing!

  57. rachel

    2010-08-23 at 1:34 AM

    that is an amazing closet! i wish it was mine.. haha! ๐Ÿ™‚

  58. cat

    2010-08-23 at 3:35 AM


  59. Elena

    2010-08-23 at 8:04 AM

    you could invest in the ikea roller blinds for cover if dust is an issue. It works like a charm, is completely opaque and totally efective at keeping dust at bay. I personally know someone that has and is super pleased with the results.

  60. Chelsey

    2010-08-23 at 8:13 AM

    Jealous! I wanted the Stolmen when I moved into my apartment a few months ago, but our IKEA had stopped carrying it. Oh well, I’d never keep it neat like this, I need hiding places to shove unfolded shirts that I plan to disgustingly re-wear without washing them, or you know… things that sound more normal.

  61. Louise

    2010-08-23 at 8:31 AM

    jee, now i want a stolmen too (‘:
    especially with the same clothes and shoes! ๐Ÿ˜€

  62. Ashleigh

    2010-08-23 at 8:32 AM

    i’ve just moved out of my amazing london house back to the homeland (new forest) temporarily and i miss my glamorous big IKEA wardrobe with all its amazing compartments and racks and drawers…doesnt it give you the most amazing feeling to SEE everything all neat and tidy! Great yard sale, i got 3 books and a cardigan for ยฌยฃ9. Must say bravo on your extremely low prices, at one point i overheard you speaking with someone else and here’s how the conversation went:
    Girl “hi how much is this dress?”
    Susie “ยฌยฃ20….ohhh actually is that too much?”
    Girl “er no!!!….not for a vivienne westwood dress…!!!”
    welldone. Its nice to see someone being fair in such a greedy world where people practically want to make money on things they’ve bought!!!
    And it was a great atmosphere – in a carpark under what looked to be converted warehouses or suchlike, bbq going, girls riffling through bags in desperation to get a piece of designer….i brought along my gorgeous Hampshire hottie of a boyfriend who stood by in awe and said ‘so this is the kinda thing girls do in London!!?’…..YES! I replied proudly….whilst riffling amongst what can only be described as a pack of hungry fashion wolves….

  63. Carolyn

    2010-08-23 at 8:37 AM

    Beautiful storage system, and amazingly beautiful collection! Sick with jealousy here… I try to go through my wardrobe yearly, but it can be painful, and I regularly regret some of the items I’ve ruthlessly evicted in years past…

  64. Derek Cardigan

    2010-08-23 at 2:08 PM

    susie, i’m so happy for your new closet! it looks fantastic! i’m sure you’re happy to going into such a neat and tidy space.

  65. Penny Dreadful Vintage

    2010-08-23 at 3:10 PM


  66. crescent seward

    2010-08-23 at 4:45 PM

    I’m so jealous of your custom wardrobe! I can’t wait to try to do something similar.

  67. Annie

    2010-08-23 at 5:18 PM

    blimey god gracious I need one of those

  68. Annie

    2010-08-23 at 5:49 PM

    oohh and another thing. I’m in the market for a new wardrobe and NICE TIP do they come in wood? to the ikea website!!

  69. Nickie Frye

    2010-08-23 at 6:23 PM

    This can’t be all of it. I don’t see any dresses. ๐Ÿ™‚

  70. Simona Xu

    2010-08-24 at 10:36 AM


  71. Laveena

    2010-08-24 at 12:41 PM

    I love the all white, minimalistic and functional look of the wardrobe, and being a fan of your style, I must say, that’s one heck of a great wardrobe! Congrats on the new layout Susie. ๐Ÿ™‚

  72. Crystal

    2010-08-24 at 6:10 PM

    Ahhh!!! Now that’s a work of art right there! Once I get the space for something like this my wardrobe space is definitely expanding.

  73. LadyLixa

    2010-08-24 at 11:46 PM

    drooooooool!!!!!!!!!!!!! wow!!!!!!!!!!! bets my dark wee box room!

  74. eyeliah

    2010-08-25 at 5:18 PM

    Your new closet looks beautiful, Iโ€šร„รดd hire the men as well, no way Iโ€šร„รดd screw it all together good enough ๐Ÿ˜‰

  75. Fabiana M.

    2010-08-26 at 11:52 PM

    needless to say: great closet!

  76. Amy

    2011-01-27 at 2:03 PM

    Looks amazing! How much do the express wardrobe guys charge for that? Am definitely thinking of investing, but don’t want to destroy the beauty with my somewhat lacking DIY skills!

  77. Georgie

    2011-07-11 at 9:20 PM

    Hi Susie,
    Long-term follower here! My fiance and I are buying our first little house and are going for a Stolmen as we both love our clothes (although I don’t know how we’ll share?!).
    I was just wondering how you have got on with it so far as I know you got it installed a while ago now! Have you had any problems? Would you recommend it?
    Any help would be much appreciated!!
    Thanks so much, Georgie

  78. susie_bubble

    2011-07-11 at 9:44 PM

    Georgie: Hopefully you’ll read my reply here! I’ve not had any problems at all! I’ve been really scared that the rails would start coming loose because I SERIOUSLY load them up with lots of hangers. The drawers still slide really well (a problem with Ikea furniture…dodgy slide drawer fittings…). No complaints whatsoever which is pretty amazing. I put it down to hiring people to come and install it for me. If I had done it myself, I think it would have been disastrous….

  79. Flat Pack Bart

    2015-07-16 at 6:16 AM

    Fantastic furniture assembly! The IKEA Stoleman wardrobe system is the answer to everything one might need! I myself have built at least 20 of those in my career as a furniture assembler. People are usually quite impatient to how those new drawers filled up xoxo! Among my personal favorite IKEA flat pack assembly kits for sure. All compartments and racks and drawers are more than neat and tidy. Surely among the best flat packs if you trend to be messy. The top shelves are the perfect spot for stuff you preffer to look at rather than use ๐Ÿ˜€
    once again cheers! a fantastic furniture assembly indeed

  80. Clothes Hangers

    2016-04-19 at 8:30 AM

    Your wardrobe looks gorgeous. Iโ€™ve been thinking about replacing the clothes hangers in our closet too. I have the white plastic hangers now. I would like to have wooden ones. Keen to have a wardrobe that big and organized!

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